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Seasonal Recipe: Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

November 17, 2018

Apple cider adds a bit of warm spice to this easy Thanksgiving side dish.

Ingredients:

12 oz. fresh cranberries, about 3 ½ cups

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup apple cider

Rinse berries and pick them over to remove any leaves or stems that might be mixed in.

Combine all ingredients in a small pot. Cook, stirring, over medium-high heat, until all of the berries ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, November 18, 2:00 PM

duCret School of Art, Plainfield

Casting Call for Christmas Play

Arts & Entertainment Religions And Spirituality

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Sun, November 18, 3:00 PM

Evergreen House Concerts, Plainfield

Zoë Lewis Performs at Evergreen House Concerts

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Mon, November 19, 10:00 AM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

November Jewelry Club @ the Scotch Plains Public ...

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Rents Just Keep On Climbing; It’s Time to Address Yourself

November 17, 2018

Rent prices just hit an all-time high. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nationwide median asking rent surpassed $1,000 for the first time ever. That’s actually an increase of nearly 10% in just one year - when rents checked in at $912. For people in the northeast, where rents are among the highest in the country, the median asking rent rose to $1,210. Everyone should be able to ...

Politics as Usual in Plainfield

November 8, 2018

Plainfield election is over, and it would appear that it will remain politics as usual.   The council remains one mind and the school board plods along with the incumbents.   Mayor Mapp's statement of, "....a failed experiment...."   (to have an alternative for a council seat) was puzzling.

I thank this candidate, as well as the independent ...

Off-Duty Flemington Cop Saves Choking Man

November 15, 2018

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – It happened when he was off-duty, and he only told a few people.

But there were witnesses in the restaurant, and one of them called TAPinto.

“I wasn’t looking for praise,” said Greg Zytko, a Flemington police officer.

What the officer was looking for was lunch with his family at Chick-fil-A in Phillipsburg around 1 p.m. Nov. 6.

As they were ...

Blood Drive at Plainfield High School / Plainfield High School Donación de Sangre

November 13, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to the American Red Cross, a decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel.  A blood drive will be held at Plainfield High School on Friday, Nov. 16 to help keep blood supplies strong.

The drive will take place in the North Building Bilingual Academy's second floor auditorium, ...

Rapps Pharmacy: Be Prepared for the Flu Season

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The flu season may not be in full swing yet, but don’t be caught off guard. Pharmacy experts at Rapps Pharmacy have important information to help you to prepare for the season.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death.  The best way to prevent ...

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine, 2013)

Jodi Picoult is the Law and Order author of our times. She uses stories “ripped from the headlines” as seeds for her plotlines and, thus, presents readers with a framework in which to discuss important societal issues, such as school shootings, teen suicides, and organ transplants. Picoult’s writing is compelling, and many of ...

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (Penguin, 2016)

 

For those readers who love thrillers, Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door, has the elements of a fine one. After all, stories about baby kidnappings are gripping as aficionados of the genre know. If the cops don’t get the stolen baby back within the first few hours of the kidnapping, chances are, the baby is dead ...

The Liberators

The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsh (Bantom Books, 2010)

 

“It was bad. It was very, very bad,” said Jay Dakelman, a medic with the 3rd Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He was describing to me the first moment that he stepped into a concentration camp, somewhere in Germany, during the final months of World War II. Jay ...

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Anchor Books, 2013)

 

Crazy Rich _________________. Fill in the blank with almost any ethnicity on the face of the earth, and the story will probably be similar from culture to culture. At the economic apex of every society one can expect to have the wealthiest, most self-indulgent, controlling people. When taken from that point of view, even though ...

The Race to Save the Romanovs

The Race to Save the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)

On July 18, 1918, amidst the backdrop of the First World War and violent revolutions occurring within Russia, the entire Imperial Romanov family was executed while in captivity. As the 100th anniversary of the horrific murder of the Imperial Family approached in the summer of 2018, author Helen Rappaport felt ...

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin (Bantam, 2016)

 

Just a few months ago I published a Retro-Review of In Cold Blood, written by one of the greatest 20 century American authors, Truman Capote. For those of us who remember seeing the more than eccentric writer, who was chased by the demons of self-loathing his entire life, on late night television in the 1960s and 70s, ...

NeedQuest Hosts Thera-Palooza Special Needs Event for Families and Providers

November 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Thera-Palooza, a special needs therapy fair, was held here recently at the Hilton Garden Inn. 

“Thera-Palooza is an experiential event for families with loved ones with special needs,” said Leslie Crowe, the founder of NeedQuest, a local directory of special needs resources, and the organizer of Thera-Palooza. “At this event, we are bringing ...